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MULLINGAR END DUBLIN AIRPORT’S INTEREST IN LFA O35 CUP CAMPAIGN

DUBLIN AIRPORT FC…….1   MULLINGAR ATHELTIC……….3


MULLINGAR ATHELTIC’S journey to the capital on Sunday morning proved hugely rewarding as the Gainestown club returned back to the midlands with a ticket to the fourth round of the O’Neills Leinster FA Over 35 Cup safely in their possession. 

The 3-1 scoreline was an accurate reflection of their dominance but hosts Dublin Airport FC will rue their inability to convert decent amounts of possession into worthwhile goalscoring chances in this high quality cup encounter.

By EAMON SCOTT

On a blustery morning at the main pitch at ALSAA both sides made every effort to get the ball down and play ball and it was the more athletic and free running visitors who shaded the early sparring exchanges with Enda Matthews at the source of much of the visitors creative play.

The home side were grateful to the safe hands of netminder Akash Choolun who came to his team’s rescue on more than one occasion and he was to turn in an excellent performance over the 80 minutes with a polished display between the posts. 

But there as little he could do in the 34th minute when substitute Jason McGrath –  who had only been one the pitch a minute earlier –  raced through the middle of the Dublin Airport defence and opting to shoot early threaded the ball just inside Choolun’s left hand post from the edge of the box.

Dublin Airport then enjoyed their best spell with some neat passing and clever interplay but Kevin Dunleavy and Emmett Brennan were rock solid at the back for the visitors and much of the good work failed to muster a serious threat on Mullingar’s goal.

Dublin Airport however had the perfect start to the second half with David Hyland caressing the ball to the back of the net past Damien Foxe after some good approach work down the left flank.  


Stephen O’Callaghan had entered  the fray for the home side by this stage and the player manger showed good awareness picking some clever passes as his side probed for a lead goal. But that aspiration was undone in the 50th minute when Brennan strode forward from his defensive duties and from close in was able to direct the ball post the unprotected Choolun.

 Dublin Airport tried manfully to get themselves back into the cup tie and the best they could manage was a couple of shots from distance.

The Westmeath men however were not finished and in the 70th minute centre-forward Stephen Daly netted the goal of the game with a cracking angled drive past the despairing lunge of Choolun to find the top righthand corner of the net from 18 yards out. 

Try as they might Dublin Airport could not break down a resolute Mullingar defence and Malachy Doyle’s shrill whistle brought the entertaining contest to a conclusion. 


DUBLIN AIRPORT FC: Akash Choolun; Ger Carey, David Phoenix, Alan Seery, Phil Vas, Karl Kavanagh, Mark Quigley, Pat Kelly, Barry Kinnear, David Hyland, Andy Malone. Sub: Stephen O’Callaghan 

MULLINGAR ATHELTIC:  Damien Foxe; Mark Syron, James McEntee, Kevin Dunlevy, Emmett Brennan, Enda Matthews, Stephen McManus, Marius Buividavicius, Stphen Daly, Kevin Keegan, Trevor Thompson, Subs: Jason McGrath, Jimmy Gavin, Paddy Bannon, Noel Croash. 

Referee: Malachy Doyle

more images from the above game on view on www.desi.ie

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